Moving to Hagley was the best decision I’ve ever made. Music’s the only thing I want to do with my life so I couldn’t deal with the whole mainstream learning approach. In the School of Music we get so many opportunities that you don’t get at other schools. If you want to do music, the School of Music is the way to go. The course is 50% theory and 50% performance so there are heaps of performance opportunities with audiences. If you want to work towards UE you can do that too.
Everyone in the School of Music is working towards something. I’m a singer songwriter, but last year when I first started here I couldn’t sing. This week though, I found out that I got in the top 45 for the Lion Foundation songwriting competition and I’ve won a recording session. Next year, I’m hoping to get into a NASDA course.
Hagley is one of those schools where you don’t have to try hard to fit in; where you can be yourself. I wouldn’t change Hagley for anything. The teachers just get you and you connect with them if they’re young or old. They always seem to know if you’re having a bad day, and they just take their time with you. It helps that you can call them by their first name. It helps build trust.